Hey peeps. I can’t believe that Christmas is over. I popped out to the shops this morning and came home to find this:
All our tree decorations on the table.
Anyway, to help me get over these sad times I shall reminisce about my holiday. One of the great things about having an apartment is that we could buy things in the supermarket and prepare food in the kitchen. We often tend to have picnic style meals when we are away (this roughly translates to some bananas, a baguette and some philadelphia to dip it in) but this time we had a fridge, a cooker etc, so we could expand our repertoire a bit. We did have plenty of meals revolving around bread and cheese with watercress/ spinach/ rocket salads. We also had some lovely soup a couple of evenings- so nice to be able to have something simple (and warming). We had some delicious breakfasts, including an almond croissant one day (my favourite).
We also managed to eat two massive bags of clementines. So sweet and tasty.
I was also very excited to find some special “Macaroons de Noel” in a supermarket. At the Christmas market they were selling them for over a Euro each, so this was much cheaper. And some of them were sparkly!
The sparkles would not catch the light that easily.
They were tasty too- especially the raspberry one and the lime one.
We also visited the Christmas markets most evenings. Sometimes just for a walk around, or for a hot chocolate. One evening I had a crepe with nutella. Yum. This picture is from Cologne, when I had the best invention ever– a crepe filled with marzipan and nutella. Seriously what an amazing combination.
On our final day my leg/ hip/ whatever it is was feeling fine, so after lots of gentle stretches I went for a gentle run along the seafront.
I stopped after 1.5 miles to look at the view. Our apartment was by the port, so it was gently downhill and then flat for the whole way.
Earlier on we had run further along, but that was enough for me. It was New Year’s Eve so Andy only had to work the morning, so after my shower and breakfast we headed off for a walk- along the sea wall, up to the gardens and waterfall for lovely views, then to the old town. We were going to get some ice cream, but when we stopped to get some the shop was shut. Boo. Anyway, that evening we walked back to the market and I had a hot chocolate which sort of made up for it!
Also, my hip was not a happy bunny after that. It was fine until the evening when we were walking and going up some steps I felt it “go”- up stairs seem to be the biggest problem. Anyway, a local place were on Groupon for sports massages, so have bought two sessions and will keep my fingers crossed that it helps. I am also going to not run this weekend and hope that a few more days rest will help.
Do you have a favourite holiday food? We are partial to sharing some ice cream, in fact I was looking through some old holiday photos on facebook and rather a lot of them are of me with some ice cream! It is something I rarely have at home though.